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A Coat of Many Colors: Religion and Society along the Cape by Walter H. Conser Jr.

By Walter H. Conser Jr.

While non secular range is usually thought of a up to date phenomenon in the United States, the Cape worry sector of southeastern North Carolina has been a various group because the region used to be first settled. Early on, the quarter and the port urban of Wilmington have been extra city than the remainder of the nation and hence supplied individuals with possibilities seldom present in different components of North Carolina. This quarter drew citizens from many ethnic backgrounds, and the lads and ladies who settled there turned an essential component of the region's tradition. Set opposed to the backdrop of nationwide and southern spiritual event, A Coat of many colours examines problems with non secular range and neighborhood identification within the Cape worry sector. writer Walter H. Conser Jr. attracts on a large diversity of assets, together with congregational documents, sermon texts, liturgy, newspaper bills, family members memoirs, and technological advancements to discover the evolution of spiritual lifestyles during this region. starting with the tale of prehistoric local american citizens and carrying on with via an exam of existence on the finish of 20th century, Conser tracks the advance of many of the religions, denominations, and ethnic teams that decision the Cape worry area domestic. From early local American traditions to the institution of the 1st church buildings, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, and temples, A Coat of many colours deals a accomplished view of the spiritual and ethnic range that experience characterised Cape worry all through its heritage. during the lens of nearby background, Conser explores how this area's wealthy non secular and racial range might be visible as a microcosm for the South, and he examines the ways that faith can have an effect on such assorted facets of existence as structure and race relations.

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6 With these extensive landholdings in place, in June 1726 Maurice Moore laid out a settlement on the western side of the Cape Fear River and called it Brunswick Town in honor of King George I of England, a member of the German House of Brunswick. The Tensions in the Colonial Era 39 town encompassed 360 acres from Moore’s ample properties and had promising aspirations. Situated on a bluff overlooking the river, its location promised easy access for trade between townspeople and the ships arriving from Europe and the Caribbean, especially after royal officials declared Brunswick an official port in 1731 with the power to clear imports and exports.

The number of Cape Fears involved is unclear, but Moore took at least eighty prisoners with him to South Carolina. Other members of the tribe soon followed voluntarily. The Yamassee War continued into 1718, but for the Cape Fear Indians, their tribal autonomy was forfeited. ” Thus, complicated patterns of intertribal relations and retaliations figured significantly in the history of the Cape Fear Indians. 54 Contexts of power and rivalries both spiritual and mundane were not confined exclusively to Native Americans.

In any case, during the ritual of smoking, the pipe was passed around the circle of participants, thereby uniting the group at one level while the smoke acted as a collective and individual offering The Cape Fear and Its Indians 29 rising to the sacred. Here, one had social community and religious communion united in one act. And yet rituals change as contexts change, and it is interesting that after European contact, one finds much more individualized and recreational use of the pipe among native peoples.

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